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Leierskapontwikkeling in klein landelike gemeentes van die Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk in Suider-Afrika

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dc.contributor.advisor Pieterse, H.J.C. en
dc.contributor.advisor Theron, J.P.J. en
dc.contributor.author Du Preez, Johannes Lodewickes Christoffel en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:59:43Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:59:43Z
dc.date.issued 2004-11
dc.date.submitted 2004-11-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2047
dc.description Text in Afrikaans
dc.description.abstract The URCSA's synod of Northern Transvaal consists of 128 congregations of which 48 are at present without a minister. Of the 48 congregations, 23 are small rural congregations. This does not include the numerous ward churches of large rural congregations that are in essence also small congregations. The URCSA has two historical legacies; namely, material poverty and the Presbyterian form of church governance known as the tipple office-bearers' doctrine (manus triplex) with a built-in hierarchy that affords pastors a prominent leadership role in congregations. The assumption can thus be made that each congregation should have a church council and pastor. As small rural congregations cannot afford the expense of their own minister, they therefore have to cope without one. Against this background one must understand the importance of elders in small rural congregations of the URCSA where the role of pastor is assumed and performed by elders, yet without any official training. This compels the church to probe alternative ways to become a pastor. The former DRMC and DRCA subscribed to an ecclesiastical practise whereby proven church leaders could be admitted as pastors on the grounds of their unique spiritual gifts. This practise has been accepted by the general synod of the URCSA. It is clear from this empirical study that the top leadership of the URCSA should adapt this accepted practise to accommodate the situation of the rural congregations. The possible synthesis of the apprentice, in-service-training, and tent-making models as general models for ministerial training amongst Protestants in the past, could pave the way for an adapted Pauline tent-maker model that will lead to the admittance of proven local church leaders as pastors in the URCSA's rural ward churches and small congregations. The prevailing situation of the rural church necessitates this mode of ministry as a supplementary alternative to the existing training of ministers. As it addresses a critical situation, it does not stand in opposition to the full-time ministry or the thorough theological training of especially the younger people. What does emerge from the context of the rural church, is the need for both modes of ministry. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 369 leaves)
dc.language.iso af en
dc.subject Tent-making ministry en
dc.subject Servant-leadership en
dc.subject Practical theological ecclesiology en
dc.subject Power and authority en
dc.subject Poverty en
dc.subject Philosophy of ministry en
dc.subject Ministry en
dc.subject Management en
dc.subject Leadership skills en
dc.subject Leadership development en
dc.subject Leadership en
dc.subject Congregational structures en
dc.subject Congregational organization en
dc.subject Church leadership en
dc.subject Church models en
dc.subject.ddc 254.240968
dc.subject.lcsh Church management -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Christian leadership -- Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk in Suider-Afrika
dc.subject.lcsh Rural churches -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk in Suider-Afrika
dc.title Leierskapontwikkeling in klein landelike gemeentes van die Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk in Suider-Afrika en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Practical Theology en
dc.description.degree D.Th. en


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